How Large Are the Palestinian Armed Groups? 98,000 Fighters

Hamas (Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades) is said to have 30,000 fighters, but my resistance sources told me it is 50,000+. Also has forces of unknown size in Lebanon. Small presence in the West Bank. Close to Iran.

I have also heard people say that “250,000 people are in Hamas,” or “Hamas has 250,000 members.” I don’t know what this means.

I know Hamas has a large militia. These people take up arms and fight sometimes and then at other times they drop their guns and take up jobs in the civilian sector. Then later they may go back and take up arms again. I’m dubious that they are included in the official fighters but maybe they are. If they are not, then Hamas is a lot bigger than we think.

The Mujahedin Movement is said to have hundreds of fighters, but my resistance sources told me it is in the tens of thousands! So 20,000+. Small presence in the West Bank. Fatah split.

Islamic Jihad (Al-Quds Brigades) figures vary from 11-13,000. I go with 13,000. Also has branches in Lebanon and Syria with separate names. Large presence in the West Bank. Close to Iran.

Popular Resistance Committees (Al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades): 5,000. Fatah split. Gaza only. Close to Iran. Secular, leftwing.

Fatah al-Intifada: 3,500. Old radical Fatah split, newly active. Small presence in the West Bank.

Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is said to have ~300 fighters, but I think it is 2,000. Fatah rejectionist split. Strong presence in the West Bank, where it is most powerful. Secular.

PFLP (Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades) is said to have hundreds of fighters, but I would say thousands. So 2,000+. Also has a presence in the West Bank. Close to Iran. Very secular, leftwing.

DFLP (National Resistance Brigades) is said to have hundreds of fighters, but I say 1,000. Very secular, leftwing, has a women’s division.

A new Fatah split in Gaza named after a hero of the Arab revolt (don’t have a name at the moment): 800. Gaza only. Secular.

PFLP-GC (Jihad Jibril Brigades): 800, but many are in Lebanon and Syria. Small presence in Gaza. Very secular, leftwing.

Salafi-jihadist groups in Gaza: Very small and not very active.

All of the above groups have some presence in Gaza. But that right there gives us 98,000 fighters, albeit not all in Gaza.

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